What is a Panic Attack?

A woman named Bella in her mid 30’s was once rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. She was profusely sweating and she felt like her heart was racing at one instance, such that she was unable to take a breath. She and her husband were certain that, she had a heartache. But, […]

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Internet Addiction

Do you play video games on the Internet in overabundance? Are you enthusiastically shopping online? Can’t physically quit checking Facebook? If your answer is yes for any of these questions, you may have the internet addiction.   The world which we live in today is full of advanced technological inventions. Nowadays education, entertainment, communication, and […]

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Is Schizophrenia Genetic?

All of us are aware of how genetics plays an important role in various illnesses. But, have you ever imagined as to what has heredity to do with Schizophrenia? This is one of the common questions many people ask whether schizophrenia is a hereditary disease. The answer is yes and no! Yes, Schizophrenia does have […]

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Guide for caregivers for Schiz...

Schizophrenia can affect an individual to an extent that they turn incapable to taking care of themselves. At this time, the role of a caregiver, family or friend, becomes important. Taking care of an individual with schizophrenia can be very difficult as they can get aggressive or rigid suddenly due to their symptoms. Medications and […]

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Food Addiction

Is your loved one eating in excess, or even more than what is essential for their proper nutrition or a healthy living? Then, it may be a sign or indication of food addiction. Here a person perpetually engages in ravaging behaviors of overeating. This is the reason for which some people cannot sway themselves around […]

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Social Media is safe for Teenagers. Really?

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Social media has provided a wide base for people to express their opinions and ideas, giving aspiring artists and entrepreneurs a platform to launch their businesses.

Many Youtubers and Viners are recognized by large masses worldwide, for their videos. There are many bloggers, too, who are known widely.

Social media is a fun way of interacting with people across the globe.

But, not very safe.

Everything Wrong with this Generation

Teenagers of this generation have been given excessive liberties with the internet and have become increasingly dependent on it as well.

We see children of various age groups on almost every social media site there is, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vine, Tumblr, Snapchat, Gmail, Yahoo and the list goes on. Nearly all teenagers- adolescents, too- have at least two or more of these social media accounts.

Everything Wrong with Social Media

While, on one hand, social media is beneficial and keeps them updated about the events taking place around the world, it also exposes them to material that is not suitable for their age groups.

Teenagers have highly impressionable minds and everything that is disclosed to them must be carefully reviewed by the parents. But social media does not require parental consent. They have easy access to GIFs, videos and memes which are inappropriate for their age on many occasions.

Once you have access to the internet, you can retrieve almost any information, sites and videos.

Almost every social media site has content floating around that is unsuitable for young adults and kids.

Everything wrong with Tumblr

Tumblr has plenty GIFs that are visually inappropriate and have sexual content. These posts are usually labelled as “NSFW” or “Not Suitable For Work”, as a warning that it is not appropriate and is not to be accessed by kids. But this doesn’t stop the young, curious minds from exploring.

Everything Wrong with Wattpad

Many sites like Wattpad and fanfiction.net enable writers to publish their stories free of cost online, but comprise largely erotica, more popularly known as ‘smut’ or ‘lemon’. These stories, too, have ratings like PG-13, PG(Parental Guidance) and R(Mature), also as a precaution for readers. This again, doesn’t stop the users from reading these stories.

Everything Wrong with Instagram and Facebook

People upload a lot of photos on Instagram and Facebook, where they are partying, drinking, smoking, couples kissing, girls wearing bikinis to almost nothing. This is not at all appropriate, seeing as there are children starting from the age of 6 on these sites, being able to gain access to these pictures.

The Fault in Our Social Media

The fault here, is that all of these sites portray drinking, smoking, doing drugs and having sex as the ‘cool’ thing to do. This causes the teenagers to start believing the same, and acting upon it.

There are a lot of stories and fanfiction that sketch a story of a girl falling in love with a bad boy, making him fall in love with her and changing him forever. This creates a cliché, building into every girl’s ultimate fantasy, making her chase after the bad boys. This, in turn, encourages boys to be ‘badass’ in an attempt to attract girls.

These stories also portray love as the ultimate goal, the key to happiness. Teenagers then, get distracted from everything that is, in fact, pivotal for a good life, compelling them to neglect their studies and values.

Facebook and internet dating sites often enable one to give out false information about oneself, including age, appearance, likes and dislikes. These frequently result in girls being falsely educated about the men on these sites, and also amounting to rapes.

Not to mention, racism is raging on many such sites, people concealing it by calling it an ‘expression of their opinions’.

Effect on Teenagers

Teens post racy and controversial pictures, in order to feel more socially accepted and in the hopes to gain recognition.

Not only does the Internet paint a wrong picture of the world and incorrect details that is made available for adolescents, but also brainwashes them to think that way, influencing everything they do.

Limited Access

Despite the ill-effects of Social Media, it would be extremely difficult as well as unfair to the teenagers to cut off all access to social media from them. It would be better to keep their accessibility in check, give them limited and supervised access to social media.

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